Dennis is on mend

MDL080922A1 - Local Busker Dennis Derby with the CD called George Bush Blues which he is selling for charity
MDL080922A1 - Local Busker Dennis Derby with the CD called George Bush Blues which he is selling for charity
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A Kilburn protest singer has vowed to keep on performing - despite only recently suffering from a heart ablation.

Singer songwriter Dennis Derby, otherwise known as 61-year-old Dennis Sleigh has been in and out of hospital since 1992, when his heart pacemaker was fitted incorrectly.

He has suffered strokes and heart attacks since, but the determined performer, who regularly busks on Derby Market and nearby Cheapside to raise funds for children’s charity Together for Short Lives says despite his recent health scare he is going ahead with the release of his second single Road Too Long.

He said: “It’s my passion and I will never stop until the day I die. As they lower me down I will still be trying to play the guitar.”

Dennis has been on the music scene for more than 40 years, starting in the sixties with a string of guitar bands including the Skyliners.

In recent years he has mainly penned protest songs, including his first single Big Society Bull - attacking David Cameron’s manifesto rhetoric.

But single number two from his latest album Rollercoasting with Dennis Derby, is a more personal affair.

Aptly, after another spell in hospital, Road too Long is about the hardships of a life spent touring and about a lost love he came close to marrying.

And to promote the song, Dennis is hoping to get back playing again soon.

“I’m going to keep busking,” he said. “I prefer it to playing gigs really. And it will make a bit more for Together Short Lives, it’s a wonderful charity.”

Together for Short Lives helps terminally and seriously ill children.

Road to Long is available on iTunes now, and his album is also available on Amazon, CDBaby and at BPM Records on Saddlergate in Derby.